Shmeker, The Vaccinator, Botty and Sensor M!#1! You’re reading the creative names of just a few of the robots that entered GLOWS first online robotics competition! From June 15 to 19, youth from across the province participated in Discovery Foundation Robot Week, an innovative educational experience! Robot week reached hundreds of youngsters in the Kootenay region and beyond.
GLOWS was thrilled to partner with Live It, a B.C.-based company that designs, produces, hosts and delivers cutting edge online educational experiences and the Discovery Foundation. Discovery Foundation is dedicated to promoting and facilitating innovation and development of the technology sector in British Columbia.
Robot Week exposed youth in our region to the exciting world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) based learning, including robotics.
Kids were introduced to robotic machinery and electronic parts, visual spatial skills, computational and algorithmic thinking, block based coding, videography, problem solving and teamwork. We offered a series of Maker Labs (mentoring youth with building and coding the recommended robotics kit), literacy activities, Q&A sessions with professionals currently working in robotics fields, and the competition itself.
The robotics competition was made up of two creative challenges: building the obstacle course and a video submission of their robots maneuvering the course. The GLOWS team pulled together an incredible team of volunteer judges to choose the winners.
Online learning for kids has become mainstream due to COVID-19 and Robot Week offered an enriched and creative expression for student learning, with real-time engagement using social media as well as mentorship from online experts through the hashtag #liveitindustry and #glowsrobot week.
Congratulations to all the youth who submitted video entries for the robotics competition (we had over 30) and a special shout-out to the winners!
Lane Roger – Nakusp, B.C.
Joshua Lax – Vancouver, B.C.
Taylor Brett – Victoria, B.C.
Kaity Teindl – Nakusp, B.C.
Kyler Roodzant – Nakusp, B.C.
Alice Low-Beer – Vancouver, B.C.
Rowan Vibe-Coleman – Nakusp, B.C.
Dagan Beteau – Slocan, B.C.
Clara Michal – Fernie, B.C.
Fraser Low-Beer – Vancouver, B.C.
Elena Featherlove – Nelson, B.C.
Noah Jury – Nelson, B.C.
Derian Rosen – Kelowna, B.C.
Nadya Strand – Prince Rupert, B.C.